April 16, 2013
"State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront," Elizabeth Nash/Rachel Benson Gold, RH Reality Check: In an overview of reproductive health-related legislation in the first quarter of 2013, the Guttmacher Institute's Nash and Gold note that "abortion restrictions are at the center of state legislative activity." However, "unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion (for example, requirements that women undergo an ultrasound, clinic regulations, or insurance coverage restrictions), this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright -- either by declaring that 'personhood' begins at the moment of conception or by prohibiting abortion even during the first trimester of pregnancy," they explain. Fourteen states have "introduced provisions seeking to ban abortion prior to viability" and "10 states have introduced proposals that would ban all, or nearly all, abortions," according to Nash and Gold (Nash/ Gold, RH Reality Check, 4/12).
~ "North Dakota Lawmaker: Banning Abortion Will Help Women 'Realize' They Don't Want One After All," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."
"Federal Court Blocks Mississippi Admitting Privileges Law," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: On Monday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan ruled that the "state of Mississippi cannot enforce onerous admitting privileges designed to close the state's lone abortion clinic," Mason Pieklo writes, noting that the judge "blocked all remaining forms of enforcement of the admitting privileges requirement, preventing the state Department of Health from revoking the clinic's license for failing to comply with the new regulations." Mason Pieklo adds, "While this ruling has no direct effect in states like Alabama and North Dakota that have passed similar measures targeting their lone clinics for closure, it does set a good tone for the legal arguments moving forward and re-affirms that inherent in the right to choose an abortion is the right to have reasonable access to the procedure" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 4/15).
What others are saying about TRAP laws:
~ "Virginia Board of Health Approves TRAP Measures," Lauren Kelley, RH Reality Check.